A yearly ritual I partake in on my birthday around the middle of May, is to complete Earthbound in it’s entirety over again.
Sure, I’ve done it many times before, but this game holds a special place for me and it really is one of the best games I’ve ever played.
With recent news of the Virtual Console release of the game, it’s definitely sparking renewed interest in the gaming community. What can I say? Earthbound is beloved by many people, so when Japan got Remakes of Mother 1 + 2 on GBA, an actual sequel, Mother 3, on GBA as well as it’s own Virtual Console release, the crowd began to get louder demanding more EB Love in the Americas and Europe.
Heck, even when Shigesato Itoi had a live playing of Mother 2 direct from Japan on March 22nd to celebrate it’s Virtual Console release (Which, by the way, had a HUGE advertising campaign in Japan including Mother themed iPhone cases), there was a huge following of English watchers (myself included).
I was hoping that the Virtual Console release of Earthbound would be around for my Birthday, but it seems like it may be just in time for the Holiday Season instead. :)
Ah well, here’s Nintendo President Iwata (who was also a programmer for Earthbound apparently) discussing this marvellous event.